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President Biden meets with families of abductees

All national papers reported on a meeting between President Biden and the families of the Japanese abductees held at the Akasaka Palace on Monday. Yomiuri wrote that the meeting lasted for about 30 minutes and was attended by 11 family members, including Yokota Sakie, the mother of abductee Yokota Megumi, as well as Prime Minister Kishida and Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno. According to the families, who spoke to the press after the meeting, the President shook hands with each member, listened to their stories, and said: “We are always praying [for a solution]. We will cooperate.” Yomiuri wrote that the President talked about losing his own daughter and son and told Yokota Sakie that he understands well the feelings of a parent who has lost a child. The paper said President Biden was the fourth U.S. president for the families to meet with, quoting Yokota Takuya, who represents the association of the families, as telling the press: “This will send a strong message to North Korea. We sensed that the United States is serious about resolving the abduction issue.”

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